[spectre] VideoVortex XII, Malta: Call for Lectures/Theory Presentations

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Wed Feb 13 10:34:57 CET 2019

Call for Lectures/Theory Presentations

VideoVortex XII, Malta
Conference: September 27-28, 2019


Please submit to: submissions at vv12.org

Deadline for lectures/theory contributions: March 15, 2019.

Please also look at the general website where you can read the general call: http://vv12.org

VideoVortex, an artistic network that deals with the aesthetics and politics of online video, will gather again, this time in Malta, for a two days conference. In this call we are in particular focussed to bring new research, theory and critiques of online video and its integration with social media to Malta. Are you a graduate student or researcher/critic that works on contemporary (moving) image cultures, please get in contact with us. If you have any specific questions, you can also address them directly to Geert Lovink (geert at xs4all.nl).

We are looking for contributions about:

1) Online video cultures on social media/mobile platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Smart phone aesthetics, including YouTube and YouTube integration, comments, its recommendation economy etc.)

2) Streaming realtime video & streaming platforms, use of Twitter's Periscope, Facebook Live etc.

3) Surveillance Cinema

4) Online video, activism and migration

5) Automated and algorithmic filmmaking (AI), bots, online video archives

6) Drone aesthetics (e.g. Wiki loves monuments)

7) Digital preservation of online video (archives / curating)

8) Use of online video in the established film industry

Program committee:
Andreas Treske (Department of Communication and Design, Bilkent University, Ankara)
Toni Sant, Justin Galea, Daniel Azzopardi (Spazju Kreattiv, Malta)
Matthew Galea & Adnan Hadzi (Department of Digital Arts, University of Malta)
Barbara Dubbeldam & Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam)

Background of VideoVortex

VideoVortex is a network of video makers, geeks, activists, artists and research that work on the politics and aesthetics of online vode. The initiative was established in 2007 by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam (NL). Video technology has radically altered the way in which we produce, consume and circulate images, influencing the aesthetics and possibilities of moving image cultures, as well as yielding a rich body of scholarship across various disciplines. Given its ease of access and use, video has historically been aligned with media activism and collaborative work. Video is driving social media and the web. it is dominating the internet of things. cameras causing breakdowns in networks. online video became lifelike.

Rapidly changing technological formats implicate the urgent need to engage with practices of archiving and curation, modes of collaboration & political mobilisation, as well as fresh comprehensions of the subject-spectator, actors & networks constituted by contemporary video and digital cultures.

Previous events:

videovortex #1: Brussels, Belgium, October 2007
videovortex #2: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 2008
videovortex #3: Ankara, Turkey, October 2008
videovortex #4: Split, Croatia, October 2009
videovortex #5: Brussels, Belgium, November 2009
videovortex #6: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 2011
videovortex #7: Yogyakarta, Indonesia, July 2011
videovortex #8: Zagreb, Croatia, May 2012
videovortex #9: Lüneburg, Germany, February 2013
videovortex #10: Istanbul, Turkey, September 2014
videovortex #11: Kochi, India, February 2017
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